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Handel, Hasse: Arias ()

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composed by George Frederick Handel, Johann Adolf Hasse

It takes a spectacular female voice to do justice to the soprano arias of Italian opera of the early eighteenth century, for this music, of which the arias by Handel and Johann Adolf Hasse recorded here offer quintessential examples, was the domain of the castrato, the surgically castrated male singer who had the power of male musculature but the range of a soprano. Fortunately, mezzo soprano Vivica Genaux, a native of Fairbanks, AK, has everything it takes to fill the shoes of the castrati. She has dramatic presence. She ...

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  1. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Aria 'Fammi combattere mostri e tifei'
  2. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Aria 'Ah! Stigie larve... Gią latra Cerbero... Vaghe pupille'
  3. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Aria 'Sta nell'Ircana pietrosa tana'
  4. Splende l'alba in oriente, cantata, for alto & orchestra, HWV 166
  5. Arminio, opera: Aria 'Ti lascio in ceppi avvinto'
  6. Arminio, opera: Aria 'Se mia speranza sola'
  7. Arminio, opera: Aria 'Vaghi rai, pupille amate'
  8. No, perdonami, o Clori, cantata for alto & orchestra (La Scusa)
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Handel, Hasse: Arias
2006, Virgin

UPC: 724354573729

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